02 September 2022
Meta has announced that it is ready to test Community Chats directly within the Messenger application. This will be available for users who either own a Facebook Group or are a member of one of the groups. The goal behind the move is to give members of a particular community a way of interacting with others in real time.
Community Chats will support texts and audio/video discussions. An admin will be able to create dedicated topics of discussion for their respective groups. This is similar to how chats take place on Discord. It will make it easier for members to look for topics they are particularly interested in and avoid all other conversations.
Each group will have different forms of chats serving different purposes. The default will be the one where anyone can chat including both admins and members. There is a broadcast-only view chat where members will only be allowed to view messages. This is meant for making important announcements to all the members. Another form of chat is an admin-only chat where only group admins will be able to chat and not the members.
For audio chats, admins will have to create audio channels where members will be able to converse via audio. All members who will be a part of the audio channel will also have an option to turn on the video. Meta says Community Chats and its features will be available only to members of the group. New members can be invited anytime. The team is testing the feature with select groups but will expand them to everyone in the near future.
Meta has explained Community Chats as,
"Community Chats let people connect more deeply with communities in real time around the topics they care about in multiple formats, including text, audio and video. The experience seamlessly blends Messenger and Facebook Groups to allow people to connect when, where and how they want. Admins can now start a conversation about a topic and get in-the-moment responses instead of waiting for people to comment on a post."